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Artist Spotlight at The Legendary Bluebird Cafe

I am incredibly honored to have a featured artist spotlight at the Bluebird Cafe on January 26 at 6pm. This is the most legendary venue for songwriters in Nashville and I'll be performing an hour worth of original material with my band "The Stones River Saints"

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Bio by Andrew Leahey (Baby Robot Media/Rolling Stone)


Frontman. Acclaimed songwriter. Sideman. Nationally-endorsed multi-instrumentalist. Producer. Since moving to Nashville in the early 2000s, John Salaway has become one of the city's most accomplished musicians, holding down a weekly residency at the world-class BB King's Blues Club while also playing shows with acts like Peter Frampton, Ben Folds, Anderson East, Zach Williams, and Denny Laine from the Moody Blues and Paul McCartney's Wings. He's a drummer. A guitarist. A pianist. And with albums like 2019's Americana Dreams, he shows the full range of his abilities, mixing a lifelong appreciation for the Beatles' classic pop melodies with the southern-fried sounds of his adopted hometown. 


"With every album I make, you'll always hear a touch of the Beatles," says Salaway, who got to work with the Fab Four's iconic sound engineer, Geoff Emerick, during the last year of the studio legend's life. "With Americana Dreams, though, I wanted to show off my Americana influences, which come mostly from Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Bob Dylan, The Band, and Tom Petty."


Those influences are all on full display throughout Americana Dreams, whose 10 self-produced songs bounce between heartland rock & roll epics, pensive ballads, and rootsy rave-ups. While Salaway's earlier records found the songwriter playing nearly every instrument himself, Americana Dreams is a work of collaboration, featuring tracks co-written with India Ramey, Kyle Daniel, Scott Gerow, and other Nashville staples, as well as blistering slide guitar solos by Joey Fletcher and sweeping fiddle from Bri Murphy. On an album filled with some of Music City's brightest lights, though, it's Salaway who shines the brightest, whether he's channeling Simon & Garfunkel's softly harmonized folk-rock with "It's All In Your Mind," cranking up some bluesy soul with "You Better Believe," or taking a moment to appreciate the smaller things in life with acoustic highlights like "The Beauty That Surrounds Us."


Salaway has every reason to sound appreciative. A Florida native who grew up listening to Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and other records from his parents' vinyl collection, he has sharpened his diverse sound and expanded his international reputation throughout a two-decade career, earning accolades from outlets like American Songwriter along the way. His debut solo album, 2013's The Song in the Air, was named the year's best independent pop/rock record by Yahoo and The Examiner, while his 2015 follow-up, Down the Road of Life, explored a heavier, grungier sound. Americana Dreams finds him chasing down new milestones, with "A Little Bit Broken" — the album's kickoff single, full of rock & roll stomp and gritty guitar — climbing to Number One on the worldwide indie radio charts several months before the album's release. 


Appropriately, Americana Dreams is a sunny record, stocked with reminders to seize the moment, savor the good times, and let go of life's unnecessary burdens. These songs preach the importance of focusing on the things that really matter: love, good people, even better music, and the times we share together. 


"I want to inspire people and make them feel uplifted," says Salaway, who echoes similar sentiments during tracks like "Inspire You," a quietly anthemic song laced with violin and acoustic guitar. "That's my goal in life: to be a positive force for somebody else."


In Nashville, much has changed since Salaway moved to town more than 15 years ago. The skyline looks different. The music scene has exploded. But Salaway, with his recurring Friday afternoon gigs at BB King's — sometimes performed as a one-man show with loops and effects, and sometimes performed with Salaway on the drums, leading his full band like a younger Don Henley — has become a citywide staple. His music is rooted in the best parts of the past and filled with contemporary finishes — a reminder that Nashville, despite its modern makeover, has always been a place anchored by classic songwriting. With Americana Dreams, he begins a new chapter in a story that's still unfolding, excitedly showcasing new angles of his sound while still taking a moment to enjoy the ride. 


"If you hold on to too much regret or negativity, you usually wind up seeing more problems in your life," he explains. "It's like a chain reaction because negativity attracts more negativity. These songs are about letting that bad stuff go and saying, 'Look, life is beautiful. Let's be thankful for what we have and enjoy our time together.'"


Official Music Video for "A Little Bit Broken"

I'm very thankful to present the official music video for my Skyfall/Sony Orchard single "A Little Bit Broken" featuring India Ramey that went to #1 worldwide on the top 40 indie radio charts.


Touring with Denny Laine from The Moody Blues & Paul McCartney & Wings -

Touring with Denny Laine from The Moody Blues & Paul McCartney & Wings

Denny Laine is a multiple Grammy award winning musician who is a founding member of The Moody Blues and Wings with Paul McCartney. Denny has also worked with members of The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Who, ELO, Pink Floyd, Cream, Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Zombies, The Hollies, and many more. It has been a pleasure to work with, and perform with him for the past few years. "John's a good opening act. He's a great musician!"-Denny Laine (Reporter Herald, Colorado)


"The Song in the Air" Concept Album

The Song In The Air is a concept album about the philosophy that music is already in the atmosphere and we have the ability to channel it and turn it into song.

The songs on this album were the songs in the air during the summer of 2013. John recorded every instrument and vocal on the album as if it were a live performance.

The reoccurring theme of the album is about creating positive change in ourselves and our world while we travel down life's path. Each song on the album speaks about at least one of the most important necessities of life which are: Love, Peace, Compassion & Forgiveness.

The album is available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, CD Baby and many other retailers. Click here for "The Song in the Air" on iTunes: The Song in the Air - John Salaway

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Down the Road of Life album -

Down the Road of Life album

I am very proud to present my album "Down the Road of Life." The theme of this album is all about our journey in life and although each one is unique, we all experience the same things on our journey; Love, Loss, Joy, Pain, Blessings and Hardship. We have all been broken but we are much stronger after we put ourselves back together. I recorded almost all the instruments on this album in Nashville and I believe that we have created something that sounds very unique and fresh.







Down the Road of Life is also available on iHeart Radio, Spotify, Pono, YouTube and many other digital retailers. 


"Salaway's own music nods to the past while still pushing forward. A frequent face at world-class venues like BB King's Blues Club in Nashville, he writes melody-driven, wide-ranging songs, using his inspirations as a jumping off point for something new. He also records most of all those songs completely alone, a nod the one-man show he often performs live." -Andrew Leahey (Rolling Stone)

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